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Leftist leads in Peruvian presidential race

A leftist former military officer who promises to favour the poor by redistributing Peru's mineral wealth is expected to win a presidential election but fall far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a run-off.

Michael McCarthy: The world cannot allow these species to die out

It's a vast region whose forests are being cut down at a rate faster than those of Amazonia

Michael McCarthy: A scientist with the credentials to take on Defra

Dr Watson is not quite a household name, but he could be Britain's most widely distinguished scientist

Picture of the Day: Moment the tsunami struck

This sequence of photos show the final moments of a beach in Odaka, northeastern Japan, before it is hit by the waves of the devastating tsunami on March 11.

16 countries to lose cash from Britain

Sixteen countries including Angola, Kosovo, Bosnia and Vietnam are to lose British aid, Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, will announce tomorrow.

A return to Stupidland: Ten years after the dotcom boom

The trailblazers of the first dotcom boom made millions. Hoping to join their ranks was Andrew Marshall – but then the bubble burst. Ten years later, as the new web giants are valued at billions, he argues that it is his generation's failures that have made it all possible

David Prosser: Apple owes it to investors to tell them more about the boss's health

Outlook In theory, it is the business of no one other than his nearest and dearest why exactly Steve Jobs has had to take a second leave of absence from Apple – or what his prognosis now is. In practice, Apple investors will want more information than the skimpy announcement that the technology giant yesterday offered. If it refuses to provide an update, Apple is not being fair to its shareholders.

Hamish McRae: Good reason for optimism, but our growth will depend on the US economy

Economic Life: The ECB does seem to have started preparing the markets for higher interest rates and when it does that will add pressure on the Bank of England to follow suit

Angus Hone: Charismatic economist who fought bipolar disorder to work for institutions such as the UN and World Bank

Larger than life, a complete original, an entire Oxford generation's candidate for "the most unforgettable character I ever met," Angus Hone was a jobbing development economist, a sort of flying consultant-economist to UN agencies, the World Bank, sovereign countries and entire industries. He had also worked recently as night porter in a Worcester hotel. With the generosity, Dionysian energy and bravura of a character in fiction, he reminded me of Thomas Mann's Indonesian Dutch planter, Mynheer Peeperkorn, combined with the connections of Proust's Charles Swann.

Gordon Brown delivers veiled swipe at Tony Blair

Gordon Brown issued a thinly veiled swipe at Tony Blair today as he hit out at politicians who fail to keep promises to step down from office after two terms.

David Prosser: Canada embraces protectionism

Outlook If only Britain had more Canadian instincts. That presumably is the feeling in Bournville – six months after Cadbury was sold to Kraft, despite a vociferous campaign to keep it British, people will have noticed that the Anglo-Australian mining company, BHP Billiton, has just been told it will not be allowed to buy Potash, the giant Canadian fertiliser business.

Sierra Leone: Wildlife, white sands, and a new wisdom

Nick Redmayne returns to this formerly war-torn West African country to find that it now welcomes tourists with open arms...and cold beers

Small Talk: As with the country, in the oil business efficiency is all

The spectacle of the Chancellor, George Osborne, wielding his axe with such alacrity last week is setting an example for Tim Heeley, the newly-installed chief executive of the AIM-listed oil and gas explorer Nighthawk Energy. Nighthawk has had a tricky run, plagued by a steadily falling share price and uncontrolled rumour-mongering on internet bulletin boards. But when the two founders, David Bramhill and Joe O'Farrell, stepped down from the board last month, it was nothing to do with such troubles.

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